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Legislature should get a say in oil and gas rules

“Measure would void new North Dakota flaring, oil rules,” screams a headline from the Associated Press about Rep. Keith Kempenich’s bill to change the process by which oil regulations are passed by the Industrial Commission. That headline set up a scolding and typically intemperate editorial from the Fargo Forum which, as usual, seems to have only a superficial grasp of ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

NDSU, short for North Dakota’s team The Daily News, Wahpeton, Jan. 19, 2015 The North Dakota State University Bison football team has captured a four-peat title from the FCS, that of national champions. But more importantly, they captured the admiration and loyalty from an entire state of proud North Dakotans. So many conversations this week have started with, “Did you ...

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Tax revenue at risk if Bakken flaring, conditioning orders become void

If North Dakota lawmakers pass a bill that would void recent orders to curb natural gas flaring and oil condition prior to shipment, the state could lose over $112 million of tax revenue every two years. The Dickinson Press reports that under the proposed bill these policies will have to pass through the Legislature’s Administrative Rules Committee. The orders were ...

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Time for oil boom critics to give some credit on flaring

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To hear some environmental activists and political partisans tell it North Dakota’s oil boom is an ecological disaster. “We’re destroying western North Dakota,” they chorus. Most recently they’ve been pointing to a (deeply flawed) series of stories by the New York Times which suggest a cozy relationship between the oil industry and state regulators has resulted in spiking oil spills ...

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ND flaring rate drops below imposed threshold

Bakken Oil Well Flare

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s oil industry is coming in even lower than the targets set by new rules that require reducing the amount of natural gas burned off as a byproduct of oil production, the state’s top energy regulator said Friday. Regulators endorsed a policy in July that sets goals to reduce flaring in incremental steps through 2020. The ...

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Wyoming flaring numbers trending downward in 2014

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Natural gas flaring in Wyoming is down statewide this year, according to data received by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Statewide last year, flaring volumes in Wyoming were up nearly 60 percent to 2.5 billion cubic feet. This year, flaring volumes statewide have decreased dramatically. The data claims statewide flaring is down to around 500 million cubic feet ...

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Fox taking initiative on tribal oil problems

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At the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new bypass in New Town, new Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox had a meeting about the oil industry on the reservation with Gov. Jack Dalrymple. No less than two weeks into his position Fox claims he is ready to ‘tackle the issues that the previous administration was not apt to do.’  Fox ...

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Oil well additions decrease due to flaring reduction

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In the state’s monthly oil production report, North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms stated that while production numbers rose in September, the number of well completions decreased from 272 in August to 176. The cause of this slow in additional wells is largely attributed to the mandate on flaring reduction passed in North Dakota earlier this summer. ...

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The top 5 Bakken stories of the week

Rig count: 191 Oil spills: 1 Saltwater spills: 2 1. 7 oilfield songs you won’t hear on the radio When I’m not sitting behind a keyboard, typing away and following the latest energy-related news, nine times out of ten I’m idling in a rocking chair picking away at the ol’ banjo.  Whether it’s jam sessions or just solo picking, I ...

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North Dakota inching towards flaring ambitions

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This July, North Dakota set goals to reduce flaring in the state significantly by 2020. The state planned to gradually reduce the amount of natural gas that each well site is allowed to burn off each quarter. According to the U.S. Energy Department, North Dakota was on track to meet these goals as of August. In August, the state reported flaring 28 ...

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